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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
K - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

Lodestar was designed with a very clear vision of creating personalized and project-based learning to all students. Founders envisioned the current individualized system, implemented in conjunction with the Expeditionary Learning curriculum. Where changes have occurred has been the extent to which pathways are individualized for each student. Initial data showed that the hyper-individualization of pathways, with constant grouping and regrouping of students, did not necessarily pay off in academic gains. The school continues to tinker with the most beneficial way to individualize pathways for students.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

The school's biggest struggle has been continuously improving the model of personalized education, which the school has realized has not always meant narrower, more individualized pathways. It continues to work through that tension.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

Align your professional development plan in your calendar to what you’re trying to accomplish. In other words, make sure that whatever PD time is available is being used to support programmatic needs and truly supporting teachers' ability to implement the model.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:

The Learning Expeditions at Lodestar stand out among Expeditionary Learning schools for having students do authentic learning tasks, which are tied to the local community in Oakland.

Lodestar is also extremely adaptive. Staff make decisions based on data and student experience, and they are continuously improving their model. School community members, including staff, students, and families, have a true growth mindset, and understand that the school is constantly working to improve educational outcomes for its students.

Program Focus


Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies

School Overview

The mission of our Lighthouse Community Public Schools are to prepare a diverse, K-12th grade student population for college and the career of their choice by equipping each child and youth with the skills, knowledge, and tools to become a self-motivated, competent, lifelong learner.

In order to achieve our mission, our Lighthouse Community Public Schools have committed to five priorities in its school design:

High Expectations for All Students
A Rigorous Curriculum
Serving the Whole Child
Family Involvement
Professional Learning Community

Founded by a small, committed group of teachers and parents, Lighthouse opened its doors in 2002 in downtown Oakland in a renovated storefront and served 92 students in grades Kindergarten and 6th grade. In that first year, the school employed 7 full time staff members. Twelve years and four addresses later, the school has grown to serve over 740 students in grades K – 12 supported and taught by 100 faculty and staff members.

Dedicated to serving a student population that has been historically underserved by the traditional school system, Lighthouse Community Public Schools provide a much-needed option for students and their families in Oakland, California.

Lighthouse is comprised of two contiguous schools, one serving grades K – 8 and the other serving grades 9 – 12.

Lighthouse Community Public Schools exist to counter these educational trends, working to ensure that ALL students – regardless of race, ethnicity, or income, are prepared to pursue a higher education and live out their fullest potentials.

School Contact

Contact: Robbie Torney

Contact Title: Assistant Principal

Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Public School
701 105th Avenue
Oakland, California
United States

Telephone: (510) 775-0255

Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Public School's Website

Student Ethnicity


Blended Program Launched 2016